Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM Central
Among the public health challenges that accompany the devastating loss of employment for tens of millions of Americans as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic is an alarming increase in food insecurity. The United States Department of Agriculture’s most recent food security report, published in September of 2019, indicated that 37.2 million Americans were food insecure. However, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will force an additional 17.1 million Americans into food insecurity. In addition, the closure of schools has put children who rely on school meals at greater risk for increased food insecurity. In response to these challenges, governments are adapting their current nutrition programs and exploring innovative ways to help feed the vulnerable during the pandemic.